What are some different uses for my Pampered Chef RockCroks?
This article is the fourth in a short, informational series about Pampered Chef Rockcroks. Be sure to also check out the other Rockcrok articles:
- What Are The Basics I Should Know About Pampered Chef Rockcroks?
- How Do I Get Started Using My New Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- What do I need to know about cooking with my Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- What Do I Need To Know About Storing Food In My Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
- How Do I Clean My Pampered Chef Rockcrok?
By now, you know all the basics of RockCroks inside and out. After the last post, you know all the tips and tricks to cooking with your RockCrok. But, there are so many different RockCroks available! What’s the best way to use them to their fullest potential? Read on…
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The Rockcrok Dutch Oven XL is perfect for serving big crowds and batch cooking. Seriously, this big beauty is almost a foot across and holds about eight quarts of whatever you’re cooking. I use mine most around the holidays, and when I’m making freezer-meal soups that I divide up and serve later. This pan is perfect for making big batches of soups, stews, pasta sauces, and chili. Love the idea of a dutch oven, but just don’t need such a large one? No worries! Got ya covered…
Like its big brother, the Rockcrok Dutch Oven XL, the Rockcrok Dutch Oven is perfect for either serving a crowd or a hungry family (yup, I’m looking at you folks with teenagers at home). It’s about nine inches across and holds about four quarts. It’s just a bit more manageable for everyday use. It’s perfect for soup, stew, chili, braised meat, dessert… the list goes on and on. This beauty does double-duty, as well, as it fits perfectly in the Rockcrok Slow Cooker Stand, so you can slow cook your family’s favorite during the day & have dinner ready when everyone gets home.
The Rockcrok Casserole is an excellent-sized pan for side dishes, appetizers, desserts, or small main dishes. It’s a little over seven inches across and holds about two quarts. During the holidays, I use this for green bean casserole. During the rest of the year, I make dirty rice, tater tot casserole, or different lava cakes in mine.
This is the pan that ignited my love of RockCroks. The Everyday Pan is best for weekday meals when serving four to six people. Like the Dutch Oven, it’s also about nine inches across but holds about two and a half quarts. I use it to make dinner (like meatloaf or grilled chicken & veggies) for my husband and myself, cover the leftovers, throw it in the fridge overnight, and reheat in the microwave the next night. It’s perfect for browning meats, braising, microwave meals, casseroles and more! Oh, and as if that weren’t enough, like with the Dutch Oven, the Everyday Pan also fits perfectly in the Rockcrok Slow Cooker Stand, for all your smaller slow cooking needs.
I think my Rockcrok Grill Stone is my all-time favorite Rockcrok. Not only is it perfect for pizza on the grill, but I also love putting it in my deep freeze and making those fancy-pants ice cream flavors like what you get at those expensive mix-in ice cream shops. I’ve also been known to make some killer nachos and grilled veggies on it. If you’re using this on your grill, know that it does take up a bit of real estate: it’s a little over 16 inches across at the handles.
The Rockcrok Small Grill Stone quickly became my favorite “baking pan” when I was living in my RV full-time. If you are limited for space as well, this 9×9 pan is fantastic. I would actually bake up biscuits on it in my little RV oven, and then at night use it on my Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill to do grilled salmon and whatnot. It’s the perfect size for meals for one or two. Also, because it’s the Rockcrok material, the easy clean-up and lightness (compared to cast iron) were perfect for my needs.
Cooking Your Favorite Recipes
So, you might be wondering how easy it is to cook your family’s favorite recipes in Rockcroks. It’s actually pretty simple! Sure, you may need to adjust the heat a bit due to the retention properties, as well as baking time (if you’re using it in the oven). And just make sure the whole bottom is covered when you’re using your Rockcrok on the stovetop. But that’s about it, honestly. Oh, and each Rockcrok has several recipe cards included that are a great starting point for you to learn how to use the Rockcrok on various heat sources.
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